SAINT Joseph Catholic Church in Lusaka's Chilenje area yesterday presented Republican President Michael Sata and Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda with presents to honour them for their good leadership.
Mr Lubinda, who is Foreign Affairs Minister, called on the people in his constituency to pray for President Sata so that God could give him strength as he guided the nation.
Mr Sata and Mr Lubinda were presented with two artifacts during the Sunday Holy Mass at St Joseph Parish in Chilenje as a sign to thank God for their leadership.
St Joseph Parish chairperson Abel Thomas Watsema said the Church was thankful to God for having picked the two leaders from the Catholic Church and as such, they deserved to be honoured.
"These individuals, President Sata and our area MP have been lifted from the Catholic Church by God to become our leaders and we at St Joseph Parish would like to honour them through the Church by paying homage to God," Mr Watsema Said.
He said the Church believed that all leaders were chosen by God, the reason they should be embraced and appreciated.
The parishioners also presented three problems to Mr Lubinda who was accompanied by the area councillors.
They called on Mr Lubinda to look into the problems of water shortages, poor roads and noise pollution.
In response, Mr Lubinda directed the area councillor to liaise with Lusaka City Council to see how best the problems faced by the people of Chilenje could be resolved.
And Mr Lubinda, on behalf of President Sata and on his own behalf, thanked St Joseph Parish for honouring them.
He said the Church should pray for Mr Sata so that God could give him strength to rule Zambia in peace and unity.
He said this was so because Mr Sata was faced with challenges of people who wanted to take over his position just when he was a little over a year in his first term of office.
Mr Lubinda said he was grateful for the overwhelming support the PF Government had continued to receive from the people of Kabwata and the Catholic Church as a whole.
He urged the people of Kabwata and Zambians in general to pray for Mr Sata's wisdom, God's guidance, good health, strength, love and unity among citizens.
Mr Sata's artifact has a Zambian map and picture of him and the First Lady Christine Kaseba, and it partly reads "Help us Lord to Lead the Nation. One Heart One Go into Democracy in Zambia, the first PF Republican President".